visiting coast, can u swim in gulf?

visiting coast, can u swim in gulf?

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curious

Farmington, MO

#1 Jul 22, 2009
is it safe to swim in gulf of mexico on the biloxi beach? we are thinking about visiting in a few weeks and ive never seen the ocean or swam in it.
are there any seashells on the beach, sand dollars, hermit crabs?? thanks
Coast Resident

Lewiston, ID

#2 Jul 22, 2009
Locals dont go to our beach. We go up the river or to the Islands. If your expecting our beaches to be like Gulf Shores or Florida then you are mistaken. The water is mostly calm and brown not blue and pristine like Florida. Our storm drains empty into the beach and occasionally overflowing sewage gets into the storm drains emptying into the gulf. Try Gulf Shores or Orange beach or Pensacola. You wouldnt wanna ruin your first trip on a dump like this place!
Michael

Pocatello, ID

#3 Jul 22, 2009
Coast Resident wrote:
Locals dont go to our beach. We go up the river or to the Islands. If your expecting our beaches to be like Gulf Shores or Florida then you are mistaken. The water is mostly calm and brown not blue and pristine like Florida. Our storm drains empty into the beach and occasionally overflowing sewage gets into the storm drains emptying into the gulf. Try Gulf Shores or Orange beach or Pensacola. You wouldnt wanna ruin your first trip on a dump like this place!
About the best answer your going to get guy. If you do swim avoid the 3 and 4 eyed fish, the local fisherman tell me they're poisonous.
curious

Farmington, MO

#4 Jul 23, 2009
omg think i'll stay away from the beach. i appreciate it, we have decided not to visit b/c even the motels are expensive. cheaper to go to tunica which biloxi is probably prettier though.
Coat Resident

Lewiston, ID

#5 Jul 23, 2009
The only time we go to Biloxi beach is after Dope Smugglers dump their load and ditch their plane. Then we all go down and comb the beach,lol
William

Clinton, OK

#6 Aug 6, 2009
The water isn't safe to swim in. They had a nasty case of red tide several yrs. back where people got sick and tons of fish died and washed up on the beach.

I suggest heading either into Texas -- but that's a ways away. You have to go all the way down towards Corpus Christi to get a decent beach in Texas. Alabama's beaches are very over-rated as well.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with too many tourists and hicks and the water isn't that nice. Go to Pensacola or further east.

If you want real water -- go to Destin or further towards Panama City.

And if you want REAL beaches then go to the Atlantic Coast or down toward Tampa. Because frankly most Gulf of Mexico beaches are nasty and ugly.

If you want *real* blue ocean water, go to Daytona. Or if you can't afford to go that far, Destin or Panama City. Those are the closest things you'll find to a real beach around these parts.
toxicstew

Pensacola, FL

#7 Aug 16, 2010
As a ER Nurse, I can assure you it is not wise to be swimming or wading in the GOM. More and more people are coming in after contact with these waters. Chemical induced pneumonia is a big problem. Folks with chronic exposure are ending up in serious condition. It's just not worth the risks.
Joe

Spanish Fort, AL

#8 Jun 12, 2012
I have to agree with Coast Resident's comment. I went to Biloxi for the first time to visit some casinos and while I was there I did a little jogging on the beach. I thought that Biloxi's coastal waters would be like Gulf Shores', but I was wrong. The water was very dark and muddy, there was a layer of scum on top near the shore, and the smell of sewage was very strong. There is a reason you don't see commercials or advertisements about Biloxi's beaches.

I would recommend going to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach instead. I've lived near Gulf Shores my whole life, and have spent countless hours on the beach and in the water. It is a beautiful place with beautiful clear water, and the people are friendly as well. I have also visited Panama City's and Daytona's beach, as mentioned by a previous poster, and I can say from personal experience that Panama City's beach is very similar to Gulf Shores' beach, but Daytona's beach along with most of the beaches on Florida's east coast(excluding the ones near the keys) don't hold a candle to ones in Alabama and the Panhandle. If you are looking for a beach to visit along the Gulf Coast, you can't beat Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.
jerri johnston

New Orleans, LA

#9 Jun 26, 2012
This person above who said most Gulf Coast beaches are nasty and ugly is a complete moron. What is ugly about sugar white sand and emerald green water so clear you can see your anchor at 10 -15 feet as clear as if it were in your hand. The Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola all the way East is some of the most beautiful beaches in the WORLD. The sand is much prettier than the Atlantic or the Pacific. The water is much prettier too. LA, MS, and in my opinion AL are too close to the MS River to have the pretty water/beaches that FL has. It's the same beach as in Mexico people...same ocean!
Lori T

Grand Bay, AL

#10 Jul 16, 2013
William-you are so right on with your answer!! It's weird how the exact same body of water fluctuates from MS to FL...starting in Bay St Louis...water funky, nasty, brown, beaches nasty-then it gets a tiny tad better on the Orange Beach beaches, then you hit the bridge in Destin and oh my gosh TVE beaches and water are awesome!!! But that amazing blue clear gorgeous water and pristine beach doesn't last long!!! So if you're wanting beautiful at a not so far distance I'd say DESTIN at THE BRIDGE!!!
William wrote:
The water isn't safe to swim in. They had a nasty case of red tide several yrs. back where people got sick and tons of fish died and washed up on the beach.
I suggest heading either into Texas -- but that's a ways away. You have to go all the way down towards Corpus Christi to get a decent beach in Texas. Alabama's beaches are very over-rated as well.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with too many tourists and hicks and the water isn't that nice. Go to Pensacola or further east.
If you want real water -- go to Destin or further towards Panama City.
And if you want REAL beaches then go to the Atlantic Coast or down toward Tampa. Because frankly most Gulf of Mexico beaches are nasty and ugly.
If you want *real* blue ocean water, go to Daytona. Or if you can't afford to go that far, Destin or Panama City. Those are the closest things you'll find to a real beach around these parts.
Lori T

Grand Bay, AL

#11 Jul 16, 2013
Has the beaches and water improved any around Waveland, MS and Buccaneer State Park?
watchful eye

Washington, DC

#12 Jul 18, 2013
the waterpark at buccaneer reopened
fred sundstrom

Spring, TX

#13 Sep 24, 2013
This past weekend I went down to Galveston Island Texas install the golf course for the first time the water with brown with no smell of salt water at all it had to be the worst beach I've ever been to in my entire life the water looks very nasty and not safe to swim. The beach was polluted with trash everywhere its like the people of Texas don't care that's a shame
Orville

Ocean Springs, MS

#14 Sep 24, 2013
It has been reported that most gulf coast beaches have been grossly contaminated with di-phenoylfornicate. Beware of those you observe partaking of this particularly dangerous compound as it is quite reactive when disturbed. It is best left alone.
What

Jackson, MS

#15 Sep 25, 2013
Don't swim in the MS Coastal Waters. It's rumored to be haunted by Nessie of Lochness and I have personally seen Mermaids singing to fisherman, mainly on Saturday nights.
Shame On You

Pascagoula, MS

#16 Sep 25, 2013
I guess if you go to topix, this is what you should expect. The water isn't as blue because of the barrier islands. That's why we don't have big waves too. The water is no more polluted than any other beach on the Gulf. Yes, it is a bad idea to play around the drainage pipes. Aren't there signs that tell people that. I have two Masters degrees in Biology and I take my four year old to the beach all the time. Shame on you people for needlessly chasing away the tourist dollars that our cities and the entire state depend on. Maybe you take too much for granted. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is beautiful and safe.
Katie

Parsons, KS

#18 Dec 13, 2013
Shame On You wrote:
I guess if you go to topix, this is what you should expect. The water isn't as blue because of the barrier islands. That's why we don't have big waves too. The water is no more polluted than any other beach on the Gulf. Yes, it is a bad idea to play around the drainage pipes. Aren't there signs that tell people that. I have two Masters degrees in Biology and I take my four year old to the beach all the time. Shame on you people for needlessly chasing away the tourist dollars that our cities and the entire state depend on. Maybe you take too much for granted. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is beautiful and safe.
The other reason for the color of our waters is that the mississippi river dumps not far from our beaches making the water brackish and the river water is dark too from all of the tannins that are in the river water from leaves that fall in the river. I have swam in that water since I was a child and now my children do, we also go swim in the local rivers (which are darker water from those same tannins)
Gulf

Show Low, AZ

#19 Dec 13, 2013
Shame On You wrote:
I guess if you go to topix, this is what you should expect. The water isn't as blue because of the barrier islands. That's why we don't have big waves too. The water is no more polluted than any other beach on the Gulf. Yes, it is a bad idea to play around the drainage pipes. Aren't there signs that tell people that. I have two Masters degrees in Biology and I take my four year old to the beach all the time. Shame on you people for needlessly chasing away the tourist dollars that our cities and the entire state depend on. Maybe you take too much for granted. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is beautiful and safe.
Actually it is for 3 reasons -- the oil industry in general -- there's run off from the rigs over the years. 2 -- there's far far too much pollution left over from the 2010 oil spill though that's not the main issue.

The main issue is nitrogen & industrial run off from the Mississippi River. Every farm & factory from Montana to Pennslyvania runs off its fertilizer, pesticide & pollution run off into that river. That's on top of all the pharmaceuticals & sh*t that comes out of the Gulf there. Google "dead zone mississippi river" -- there's too much run off & it builds up right there in the Mississppi sound
Angel

Mobile, AL

#20 Jan 7, 2014
It may be safe but why would you want to when your but an hour away from some if the most beautiful beaches in the world. Go to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or even Pensacola beach. I've lived on the Coast my entire life and never even considered swimming at that beach. If ya'll don't want to drive you could take the ferry to Ship Island. It's been years since I've taken that boat ride but I don't remember it taking more than 2 hours to get out there. It's a nice ride out but a LONG ride back as you will be so tired from being in the sun all day!!! Take plenty of water in an ice chest that ROLLS! That last thing you want to do is tote a nice chest back and forth across the Island!
Mary

Pensacola, FL

#21 May 11, 2014
What emerald green water? It is brown and frothy and plain ugly. Nothing can beat an east coast, Atlantic Ocean Beach.

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